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Russian Social Media Influence: Understanding Russian Propaganda in Eastern Europe

By Todd C. Helmus, Elizabeth Bodine-Baron, Andrew Radin, Madeline Magnuson, Joshua Mendelsohn, William Marcellino, Andriy Bega, Zev Winkelman, for RAND A RAND Corporation study examined Russian-language content on social media and the broader propaganda threat posed to the region of former Soviet states that include Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and, to a lesser extent, Moldova and Belarus. In addition to employing a state-funded multilingual television network, operating various Kremlin-supporting news websites, and working through several constellations of Russia-backed

Kremlin-friendly election observers from Europe and US at the presidential elections in Russia, March 2018

By European Platform for Democratic elections Executive summary 1513 foreign electoral observers monitored the Russian 2018 presidential election which constitutes the largest foreign electoral monitoring mission in Russia’s history. 598 of these observers were deployed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR); 363 observers were sent by other international organisations; 65 monitors

VENCISLAV THE VIRGIN: hostile operation by Vencislav Bujić, SEAS Foundation and its network of collaborators

The PDF of project is here. Here is the next CEAS case study “VENCISLAV THE VIRGIN – From fake CEAS through pro-Kremlin mercenaries in Ukraine and accused of attempted terrorism in Montenegro to the movement Do not drown Belgrade – hostile operation Vencislav Bujić, SEAS Foundation and its network of collaborators.” In this study is described a hostile operation of certain Vencislav Bujić, SEAS Foundation and its network of collaborators

Democratic Defense Against Disinformation

By Daniel Fried and Alina Polyakova, for Atlantic Counsil Read the Publication (PDF) “The Russians and other purveyors of disinformation will constantly improve their tactics; our counter-tactics therefore cannot be static,” write Ambassador Daniel Fried and Dr. Alina Polyakova in Democratic Defense Against Disinformation, a new publication by the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. This report is part of the broader transatlantic effort to identify democratic solutions for countering disinformation in

Fake News: A Roadmap’

By NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence Download publication file (6.31 MB) Fifteen MA students studying strategic communications within the Department of War Studies have collaborated with NATO to publish the first definitive analysis of the growing phenomenon of ‘fake news’ in a new book, ‘Fake News: A Roadmap’. The book is the first output from a research partnership between King’s College London’s Centre for Strategic Communications and the Strategic Communications

Propaganda and disinformation in the Western Balkans: How the EU can counter Russia’s information war

By Sophie Eisentraut, Stephanie de Leon, for Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Download PDF In recent years, Russia has ramped up its influence operations in the Western Balkans. Utilizing propaganda and disinformation, Moscow stirs lingering regional tensions and undermines the EU’s credibility in Western Balkans nations. It is in the EU’s vital interest to confront Russian efforts to destabilize this region – European security relies on peace, prosperity, and stability in the

Measuring the reach of “fake news” and online disinformation in Europe

By Reuters Institute In this factsheet by Richard Fletcher, Alessio Cornia, Lucas Graves and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, we provide top-level usage statistics for the most popular sites that independent fact-checkers and other observers have identified as publishers of false news and online disinformation. We focus on two European countries: France and Italy. We examine France and Italy as two particularly important cases, as both are widely seen as facing serious

American views: Trust, media and democracy

By Knight Foundation Technological advances have made it easier for Americans to connect with each other and to find information, including details about the major issues facing the country. But those advances present both challenges and opportunities for individuals and U.S. institutions. Not only is more information readily available, but so is more misinformation, and many consumers may not be able to easily discern the difference between the two. Amid

Russia in the Middle East: A New Front in the Information War?

By: , for Jamestown Summary Russia uses its information warfare capability as a tactic, especially its RT Arabic and Sputnik news services, to advance its foreign policy goals in the Middle East: become a great power in the region; reduce the role of the United States; prop up allies such as Bashir al- Assad in Syria, and fight terrorism. Evidence suggests that while Russian media narratives are disseminated broadly in the region by traditional means

Hybrid war as a challenge to the national security of Bulgaria

By Mihail Naydenov, for Bulgaria Analytica Hybrid war is not declared. Instead, it is just fought. The countries under attack are quite often unable to understand that they fall victim to hybrid influence. This is first of all a war of perceptions and the main assault is directed at this juncture. The aim is to keep as long as possible a state of ambiguity and confusion among the country’s leadership and society. The

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